Tory leaders vow to stick with cuts
David Cameron and George Osborne have insisted they will stick to their spending cuts programme despite deepening economic gloom and renewed threats of co-ordinated strike action. The Prime Minister used a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to stress that there are "no short-cuts" to a stronger economy. In a separate speech at the Swiss ski resort, the Chancellor dismissed the "siren voices" urging the Government to pull back from the cuts. Union officials met in London to discuss the prospect of industrial action over the pay freeze and job cuts in the public sector. After growth figures earlier this week showed the economy shrank by 0.5% in the final quarter of 2010, research published on Friday showed a dramatic fall in consumer confidence. Mr Cameron said: "It's going to be tough - but we must see it through. The scale of the task is immense, so we need to be bold in order to build this economy of the future." "The British people know these things. They understand there are no short-cuts to a better future. Those who argue that dealing with our deficit and promoting growth are somehow alternatives are wrong. You cannot put off the first in order to promote the second." Labour has accused the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Government of sacrificing growth with overly aggressive spending cuts. Mr Osborne said that heeding Labour's calls would lead to "disaster", telling a business leaders' lunch: "It's clear that for some that temptation remains - a bit more government spending here, pumping the bubble back up a bit there. "We are absolutely clear - allowing ourselves to be seduced by those siren voices would only lead to even greater disaster down the line. Right now the right long-term choices for the economy are the difficult choices. Adjustment will not be without struggle."
A Kenyan man passed away in Marietta, USA
The late Mr. Hunter Eliud Mwaura
It is with humble acceptance of God's will that we announce the promotion to Glory of Mr. Hunter Eliud Mwaura who passed away on January 19th 2011 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family after a long illness, bravely borne. The late Mr. Hunter was son of the Late Eliud Mwaura and the Late Ethel Mwaura. A dear husband to Mrs. Sarah W. Mwaura, Loving father to Caroline Githua, Victor Githua, (Owen & Anne Thuo), Beatrice Githua and (Dennis & Jota Makumi). A wonderful grandfather to Jackie Kinuthia, Jessica Kinuthia, Hunter Kinuthia, Lauren Thuo, Hunter Thuo, Diamond Makumi, D.J. Githua Makumi and Demi Makumi and a great grandfather to Jamari Kinuthia, all Of Atlanta, GA (USA). A dear brother to Eunice Kamau, Emily Ndeani, Late Owen Githua, Late Job Kubai, Late Jimmy Makumi and Late Mary Muthoni and a loving Uncle to many. He will be laid to rest on Saturday January 29th in Atlanta , GA.
Contacts for more information: Kanyari Muthoga 404-353-6317, Aileen Kaimenyi 678-613-8779
Fly 540 plane crash-lands in maize field
The Fly540 aircraft crash-landed in a maize and cassava plantation after it failed to take off at Wilson Airport in Nairobi on January 27, 2011. The plane had four occupants, who were taken to Nairobi Hospital for treatment after they sustained minor injuries. A Fly540 aircraft crash- landed in a maize and cassava plantation after it failed to take off from Wilson Airport. Witnesses said the plane, 5X-FFD, ran beyond the runway, shot through the airport fence and nosedived into the field on Thursday. “It started well, but when it neared the end of the runway, I heard it reduce its engine roar. It then got into the field,” Mr Albanus Kioko said. An official from the airline, who sought anonymity, said that the plane developed mechanical problems on take-off during a flight test. He said the four people on board were unhurt but had been taken to hospital for check-up. When the Daily Nation team arrived at the scene, officials from the Accident Investigation Department (Ministry of Transport) were on site checking the status of the aircraft. Airport police boss James Mugera said investigations were under way. The plane must have continued with the ground run because its front wheels had collapsed. Its nose got opened probably due to impact when it hit the ground. - Daily Nation.
Man seeks police protection from sex-mad wife
A Turkish man has turned to police in a desperate plea for shelter from his sex-obsessed wife of 18 years. The man is seeking help after being unable to meet his wife’s insatiable appetite and constant demands for sex, authorities said on Wednesday. He arrived at his local police station in south-western Germany complaining that he had been sleeping on the sofa for the past four years in order to escape the clutches of his sex-crazed wife. The couple have been together for 18 years and have two children. In a statement police said: ‘Now he has decided to get a divorce and to move out... in the hope of finally getting some rest, particularly as he is anxious to arrive at work well rested. ‘At the moment this is impossible because he says his wife keeps coming into the living room demanding that he perform his marital duties. 'He asked for police help in getting some sleep at night.’
Kibaki appoints Justice Visram as CJ, Prof Muigai AG
Kibaki appoints Prof. Githu Muigai as the new Attorney General
President Kibaki has nominated Justice Alnashir Visram to the position of Chief Justice amid a standoff with Prime Minister Raila Odinga. President Kibaki also nominated Prof Githu Muigai as Attorney General and Kioko Kilukumi Director of Public Prosecutions. A dispatch from PPS stated that the President after consultation with the Prime Minister Raila Odinga also appointed William Kirwa as Controller of Budget. President Kibaki made the key appointments in the judiciary, barely one hour after Kenya set in motion the process of deferral of cases filed against six of its citizens at the International Criminal Court (ICC). The timing of the appointment of the new Chief Justice (CJ), the Attorney General (AG) and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is calculated to convince the international community about Kenya’s commitment to judicial reforms. It has been argued that the ICC should handle the cases because the country lacks a credible judicial capable of dispensing justice. Just before the release of the names from State House by Presidential Press Service, Lands Minister James Orengo, a close ally of the Prime Minister called journalists to his office to protest that Raila was not consulted in the nominations. Orengo urged the President to embrace consultations and claimed that the Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura had confirmed the nomination of Justice Visram as the Chief Justice, with Githu Muigai as the Attorney General and Kioko Kilukumi as the Director of Public Prosecution. "I have been forced to call this press conference at this hour in regard to the impending appointments to various institutions of the Government," said Orengo at 8.30 PM on Friday. He said ODM was equally taken by surprise with the appointment of Major General Michael Gichangi as the Director General of the National Security Intelligence Service last week. He said: "The Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura called PM’s Permanent Secretary Dr Mohammed Isahakia this afternoon to tell him about the appointments saying they were supposed to be announced anytime, but we are not going to accept them because there was no consultations and the PM who is in Ethiopia attending AU Summit meeting is not aware." - The Standard.
Deya's wife gets 3years for baby theft
Kibera senior principal magistrate Grace Nzioka has sentenced the wife of UK-based televangelist Gilbert Deya, Mary Gilbert Deya to three years in prison for stealing a baby at the Kenyatta National Hospital and providing false information. In 2007, Mary Deya who was popularly known for giving birth to Miracle babies served two years after she was found guilty of stealing a baby. In her judgment, Grace Nzioka said that she was satisfied that there was sufficient evidence to sentence Mary Deya to three years jail for stealing a baby and additional two years each of the two counts of giving false information that she had given birth. Mary Deya will serve another two years on each of the two counts for giving false information, however all the sentences will run concurrently, translating to two three years in prison. The court heard that Mrs. Deya stole the baby boy from Kenyatta National Hospital on September 10th 2005. Doctors who testified during the trial told the court that the pregnancy tests done on her indicated negative and that she had no active eggs questioning the delivery. Prosecutor Francis Ndiema told the court that the accused was not a first offender arguing that she was convicted to two years in jail in which she was jailed for two years for similar offence. The sentence comes barely a week after a nephew of Deya, Paul Deya, was found guilty of murdering his three year old son by a London court. Gilbert Deya is fighting extradition to Kenya over child abduction claims after infertile women were presented with "miracle babies".
Battle to save Ugandan lesbian facing death for being gay
Beaten: Activist David Kato was found dead in Uganda
A Ugandan lesbian could be deported to a country where politicians want homosexuals executed and papers call for their hanging on the front page. Fears were growing last night over the safety of Brenda Namigadde who is set to be deported to Uganda, where a leading gay rights activist has been found murdered. Namigadde was ordered to leave Britain after a judge ruled she was not homosexual. Campaigners say she could be jailed for 14 years if she returns to the African country, where homosexuality is illegal and there is political pressure to make it punishable by death. There is also a growing campaign of persecution, including newspaper calls for homosexuals to be hanged. Yesterday, activist David Kato was found beaten to death, prompting further calls for the deportation to be halted. Campaigner Peter Tatchell called on home secretary Theresa May to intervene, telling Metro: ‘It’s outrageous that the government should be contemplating deporting Brenda to a country where homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment and where MPs are proposing to execute lesbian and gay people.’ Ms Namigadde, detained at Yarl’s Wood immigration centre, fled Uganda in 2003 after her house was destroyed over her relationship with her Canadian partner. She has said she will be tortured or killed if she is forced to return and will be arrested the moment she arrives at Entebbe airport. The 29-year-old was due to be deported today but the Home Office is reviewing final submissions. A Twitter campaign has been launched to prevent her removal. The Home Office said her case had been reviewed twice and a judge found.
Seven things you should never do on Facebook
Millions of people are connected online with Facebook, but are you sharing too much? Here are seven things you shouldn't do on the site, regardless of how keen you are on socialising online.
1) Never settle for the default settings
The people behind Facebook are keen for you to share your details with the world. The more you share, the more people you connect to, the more people want to sign up. However, sharing everything with all and sundry isn't a good idea. To check and opt out of the recommended settings, open your Facebook page, click on 'Account' in the top right of the screen and then 'Privacy settings'.
The 'Recommended settings' mean that your status, photo, posts, bio, favourite quotation, family and relationship details are shared with everyone. Photos and videos you're tagged in, religious and political views and birthdays are shared with Friends of friends. Permission to comment on your posts, places you check in to, and contact information are shared with Friends only. Change all to Friends only, and you're safe from the prying world.
2) Never agree to have yourself listed on search engines
Telling your Facebook mates what's going on in your life is one thing, but letting any old Tom, Dick or Harriet see your Facebook page via a web search is another.We would recommend opting to never have your Facebook details shared with other search engines.
To make sure you aren't go to your Facebook page, 'Account', 'Privacy Settings', 'Apps and websites', then 'Public Search'. De-tick the 'Enable Public Search' button.
3) Never put your address and phone number on Facebook
Unless you want app developers knowing where you live and how to contact you we wouldn't recommend putting any real details in to Facebook for the time being. That means no home address and no phone number.
4) Never let apps lie dormant
One for the advanced Facebook user: Never let an app continue to suck your information once you've done with it.Remember the days when you played Zombies or maybe Vampires? Well those apps are most likely still active on your account and sucking in your personal data. Scary, huh? Nip over to your Facebook page, go to 'Account', 'Privacy Setting' and then 'Apps, games and websites', and remove the ones you don't want.
5) Never let your mum see your tagged photos
You've had one too many drinks and been tagged for all your friends, colleagues and family to see you not looking too hot. Not good. To avoid this, go to your Facebook page, 'Account', 'Privacy Settings', and make sure Photos and videos you're tagged in is set to Friends only.
Taking this to the next level, you can also block individual people on top of those groups of people. Go to 'Customise settings', 'Photos and videos I'm tagged in' and chose to edit settings. Here from the drop-down menu chose 'customise' again and then start listing the people you want to hide your photos from.
6) Never give out your date of birth
What's one of the first security questions you are ever asked when you deal with your bank? What's your date of birth? And yet here you are giving it away on your Facebook page for all to see. You should never let people see the year you were born.
Go to your Facebook page, 'Profile', then 'Edit profile'. In the first pane ('Basic information') chose as to whether you want to 'Show my full date of birth in my Profile', 'Show only day and month in my Profile' or 'Don't show my birthday in my profile'. If you still want birthday wishes go for the second option.
7) Never broadcast that you're going on holiday
Always be careful about what you say on your status updates and never give out any personal information that you don't want getting into the wrong hands.
Burglars prey on stuff like the fact that you've gone on holiday and left the keys under the flowerpot near the front door and the combination to the safe is...
Kenyan mother 'cursed' with six sets of twins
Gladys Bulinya at home with five of her six sets of twins Most women would struggle to cope with six sets of twins but for Gladys Bulinya it is even more difficult - as many people in her part of Kenya think twins are cursed. Her relatives will have nothing to do with her, and her husband left her, fearing she was jinxed, after the sixth pair of twins arrived last year. So the 35-year-old lives alone with 10 of her 12 children in a one-roomed grass-thatched house, a few miles from the shore of Lake Victoria. Sitting outside her small home in the village of Nzoia, she recites the birthdays of her children with ease. "John and James were born in 1993," she starts, shading her eyes from the sun's rays. She explains that she got pregnant at high school - but her boyfriend was too young to marry her. Her sorrow then turned to shock, when her own family ordered her to leave the babies at the district hospital for adoption. They told her that the Bukusu people, to which her family belongs, believe twins bring bad luck - and that unless one of them dies, it means certain death for one or both parents. The Bukusu tradition of eliminating the second twin is no longer practised, though occasional cases of infanticide are still reported in rural areas of western Kenya.
Luckily, Ms Bulinya says, when her boyfriend's father learned the twins had been abandoned, he took them in and has cared for them ever since. (He is from a different ethnic group, the Kalenjin.) But her troubles did not stop there. Five years later she fell in love with and married a primary school teacher. She was living with his family when she gave birth to her second set of twins, Duncan and Dennis. Fearing she had brought them a bad omen - and that someone would die - her in-laws chased her away. "I was put on a motorcycle taxi with my twins and sent to my father's home," she says. Yet again, however, her family had no sympathy. Still considering her cursed, they did not allow her on to their property.
Instead, they quickly organised another marriage for her, to a man 20 years her senior.
He agreed to the alliance, she says, as he had not expected to marry at his age. But more twins followed. "Mercy and Faith were born in 2003 and Carren and Ivy in 2005, Purpose and Swin in 2007," Ms Bulinya says. It was the arrival of Baraka and Prince last year, that led to her husband walking out. "I now have to do lots of odd jobs to feed my 10 children because I do not know where he is, and he is also too old to work even if he were around," she says. The five-year-old girls take it in turns to care for five-month-old Baraka and Prince, while their mother is out weeding plots or doing washing for neighbours. Eleven-year-old Dennis has been given a scholarship to a private boarding school nearby, while his twin Duncan looks after the livestock for a retired teacher. "I have decided to sponsor one of them - that is all I can afford," Margaret Khanyunya, director of St Iddah Academy, told the BBC. Duncan's monthly ration of maize for his herding duties is enough to feed the rest of the family. So the family of twins, often ostracised by the community, just about scrapes a living. But even Ms Khanyunya, a benefactor, is critical of Ms Bulinya's situation.
Dr Maggie Blott, a spokesperson for the Royal College of Obsetricians and Gynaecologists, says: The chances of having six sets of twins is extremely low, though once you have one set of twins, you are more likely to have another - and once you have two sets, you are more likely to have a third. If a woman repeatedly has non-identical twins, her ovaries are regularly producing two eggs rather than one. In Britain, the chance of having twins is one in 80, in Africa it is higher. I'm not sure anyone knows the chances of having a second or third set of twins - there probably isn't that much information out there. But all obstetricians have stories of a woman who has had twins having twins again. I have a patient who had twins followed by triplets. Twinning runs in families too. A woman who is a twin herself has a higher chance of giving birth to twins. "The lady should have undergone sterilisation after discovering that men were using and dumping her," she says.
Ms Bulinya says she has no regrets and sees all her children as God's blessings. However, she admits that she has now reluctantly been sterilised, "against the wishes of my church", as she could not cope with any more children. "I am a Catholic. When I made the decision I asked for God's forgiveness and I am sure God understands and will forgive me for doing that." The one thing that really upsets her, she says, is the absence of her 17-year-old twins. She weeps when she recalls their last meeting, two years ago, at their circumcision, a ceremony which marks a teenage boy's rite of passage to a man. At the gathering, each parent must hand over their son to the community elders for the circumcision. "I was invited to the occasion and asked twice to pick my sons from among the crowd of 30 boys," she explains. "In both cases I picked the wrong children and my heart still bleeds each time I think of that day."
Gladys Bulinya's non-identical twins
Two taxi operators killed by gangsters
Wananchi mill around one of the two taxis whose owners, James Awiti and James Richard Owiti, were shot dead in Riat area, Kisumu, on January 25, 2011 night by three gunmen who pounced on them as they drove to their homes. Insecurity in the area is rife with the villagers citing several deaths related to thuggery.
Two taxi operators were killed and a third one robbed of his car by gangsters in Riat and Otonglo areas on the Kisumu-Busia road. Mr James Awiti met his death a few metres from his home near the Riat market moments after he left his taxi operating base in Kisumu Town.
According to his wife Lilian Awiti, they heard gunshots from two directions on Monday night and wondered what was happening.
A neighbour later came running and informed her that her husband had been shot. “I rushed to the scene and found him already dead, with gunshot wounds on his head, neck, chest and stomach,” said Mrs Awiti. About a hundred metres from where Mr Awiti was shot, the gangsters pounced on another taxi operator, dragged him out of his car and shot him before making away with his money, mobile phone and documents. Mr Richard Omondi operated at Kisumu Airport and had talked to his wife 30 minutes before he was killed at 9.30pm on the same day, five hundred metres from his house. Mr Omondi’s wife Gladys Adhiambo said her husband informed him that he was on his way home after doing some shopping in town. Little did she know this would be the last conversation between them. In the third incident, Mr Sam Odondi was robbed of his car in his compound at Otonglo market, two kilometres from where the other taxi operators were killed.
ICC President to visit Kenya
A section of the civil society protest at Freedom Corner in Uhuru Park, Nairobi on January 18, 2011 against Kenya's proposal to withdraw from the Rome Statute and as member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The President of the assembly of Rome statute states will be visiting Kenya from Thursday this week.
The President of the assembly of Rome statute states will be visiting Kenya from Thursday this week. Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, who heads the International Criminal Court (ICC) political arm, is expected to hold discussions with government officials and members of Parliament. During the two-day visit, the ICC president is also expected to meet members of the civil society members and the media on issues regarding the international court. Kenya is a state party of the Rome statute and has ratified the law that created the ICC, and it is obliged to cooperate with the court in the investigation and prosecution of crimes, including the arrest and surrender of suspects. Kenyan legislators last year, however, almost unanimously voted to pull out of the ICC process, and vowed to introduce a bill in Parliament to repeal the law. Currently, the Hague-based court is handling cases against six Kenyan individuals who are the main suspects of Kenya’s post-election violence of 2007-2008, which left over 1000 people killed and 350,000 others displaced. The six were named by the court’s Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo in December, as he requested the court’s Pre-Trial judges to “issue summonses to appear against six Kenyan citizens to face justice for massive crimes committed during the post-election violence in Kenya.” The judges are expected to make a ruling later in the year, even as the country’s top officials lobby for a deferral of the case so that the trials can be conducted locally.
Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has already been to several African countries to lobby for their support, securing the support of the African Union Commission and Ethiopia. Last week, AU Commission chair Jean Ping endorsed Kenya’s request, saying it is within the realm of the rights of all ICC member states.
Kenyan Central Bank Governor Encouraging Mobile Money transfer
Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Governor, Professor Njuguna Ndung'u, is encouraging the registration of more mobile money transfer service providers in a bid to deepen Kenya's financial inclusion. Speaking during the launch here Monday of Tangazo Money Transfer, a mobile money transfer solution that will cut across all mobile telephone networks as well as catering for those who cannot afford mobile phone handsets, he said mobile banking had closed the gap between the large population of unbanked Kenyans and the few banked by commercial banks. According to the latest statistics from the CBK, since the launch of mobile banking in the Kenyan market four years ago, 1.5 million Kenyans have enrolled, transacting some 2.45 billion shillings (about US$30.3 million) daily and estimated 76billion shillings monthly.
A lost and exhausted motorist drove the wrong way down a dual carriageway after setting off 14 hours earlier – on a 110km (70-mile) journey to the seaside
John Marsden admitted dangerous driving and was banned for a year
Magistrates heard how 86-year-old John Marsden left his home in Bolton at 8.30am on July 10 with a book of maps. He intended to spend a fortnight in a caravan near Rhyl, north Wales – a 90-minute drive away. But at 11pm police received several calls about his Vauxhall Cavalier driving west on the A55, in the eastbound lane. He had covered 10km (six miles) at about 40mph in the outside lane narrowly avoiding oncoming cars. The wartime RAF driver appeared at Llandudno court proudly wearing his service medals and a blue beret.
Marsden was described as ‘very independent’ but now uses a mobility scooter. He said: ‘I was a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists for 20 years. I’ve blotted my copybook. ‘I was lost and had gone backwards and forwards asking how to get to Rhyl, but no one seemed to agree. I didn’t get my holiday.’ He admitted dangerous driving and was banned for a year with a conditional discharge.
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Deadline for legacy cases is July 2011
On 19th July 2006 the then Home Secretary, John Reid made a statement to Parliament in relation to the programme to deal with resolving older applications made on/or before 5th March 2007 under the legacy casework resolution within 5 years. The programme to deal with the cases and resolve them commenced shortly there after. 5 years have almost lapsed and the programme is due to be completed in 6 months time: - July 2011. A substantial number of cases have already been resolved but others are yet to be resolved. If you made your application before 5th March 2007 and your matter has never been resolved seek legal advice before the programme is concluded.
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Man leaves wife at home to go on holiday with dolls
The father-of-two has taken ‘Bianca’ on road trips across the US and to Britain, including visits to Oxford and Stonehenge. But the 57-year-old insisted his wife Wendy – a retired doctor – doesn’t mind. ‘She knows I’m not going to run off with a piece of silicone shaped like a woman,’ he said. Weighing 40kg (90lb), Bianca has to be moved in a wheelchair. She is one of 14 dolls on whom Mr Hockey has spent £16,000 on travel and outfits, including £1,270 of lingerie.Mr Hockey has even taken Bianca skydiving. ‘The instructor who jumped in tandem with her said it made a pleasant change to not have someone screaming in his ear,’ he said. The filmmaker, from Nova Scotia, Canada, is working on a documentary about doll owners but claimed his collection is just a hobby. He said: ‘Some people in the doll community – iDollators – prefer dolls over a normal human relationship. But for me they’re just dolls, not people.’
Anchor your marriage Seminar
Family Rebuild and Revival House (I.W.R.M) invites all couples to a COUPLE'S SEMINAR on the first Saturday of February 5th/ 02/2011 at exactly 1.00pm – 3.00pm. Venue is Revival House (IWRM Church), 500 High Street north, Manor Park; London E12 6QN. Bishop Dr. J B Masinde of Deliverance Church, Umoja will be the guest speaker.
Theme: “ANCHOR YOUR MARRIAGE”.
Couples are highly recommended to attend to tap from the soaring wisdom and wealth of knowledge that God has deposited in his servant.Marriage is engulfed with storms and torrents whose mission is to drown tarnish and discredit this Institution which has resemblance to the church. But like a ship is kept a float by an anchor even so marriage can be anchored through Godly skills and practices that are founded upon the infallible word of God.
Young Adults Seminar
Familyrebuild in conjuction with Revival House is delighted to host a program for young adults on Saturday 29th from 2.00pm. The venue is 500 high Street North, E12 6QN. It is time to guide our young people into responsible relationships. There has been an increase of many young people who are hurt through breakdown of "immature relationships" has a big knock on effect into their achievement and perception of marriage at large. Family rebuild will this year host a couple of guided and interactive seminars for this bracket of 16years old and above. We therefore welcome those who qualify for this meeting and urge their parents and friends to remind them. Pastor Peter Wangaruro for Family Initiatives Trust (familyrebuild) In support of stable marriage and family relationships Challenge plus God Equals Change. Visit our website www.familyrebuild.org
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Alcohol limit law back in full voice
Lawyer Njenga Mwangi (left) representing Central MPs with programme director of Servers of Health and Environment Njoki Mitugo and lawyer Lawrence Kimondo (right) for Nacada outside the High Court after a ruling on January 24, 2011.
The Mututho laws limiting drinking hours and regulating consumption of alcohol are back in force. It follows court orders reversing previous ones which had temporarily stopped implementation of the law pending a case filed by Murang’a bar owners. They had sought orders declaring the law unconstitutional. A court on Monday upheld that here will be no drinking during the day. This follows a court decision giving the green light for implementation of the new alcohol law which prohibits the selling of alcohol before 5pm on weekdays and 2pm at weekends, and after 11pm all week. High Court judge Mr Justice Daniel Musinga in his ruling lifted an order halting the implementation of the Alcoholic Control Drinks Act. The temporary order stopping implementation of the law which was lifted yesterday was given by High Court judge John Mwera on January 14. Judge Musinga said the new law sought to ensure proper balance between leisure time and working hours. He held that the State was under obligation to come up with legislation if to ensure its citizens enjoyed the highest attainable health. The new law was necessary as it curbs excessive consumption of liquor which causes harm to health, he said.
The judge said the economic gain to the nation and bar operators will be high if alcohol intake is controlled. A group, Murang’a bar owners association, had gone to court seeking to have the new law declared unconstitutional and discriminatory. The group said the new law denied them the right to own property as guaranteed by the Constitution. The AG had opposed the case arguing that it lacked merit. He had urged the court not grant orders sought by the bar owners because those seeking the orders lacked legal authority. Justice Musinga ruled on Monday: “No evidence was produced before this court to show that the petitioners (bar owners) suffered any harassment,” Justice Musinga ruled.
Douple-dip recession fear after GDP fail
The economic recovery in the UK suffered a shock blow today as figures revealed that gross domestic product (GDP) declined by 0.5% in the fourth quarter, raising fears of a double-dip recession. The severe weather last month was almost entirely to blame for the unexpected plunge between October and December, which ended a year of economic growth in the UK, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
The decline in GDP - the first since the third quarter of 2009 - was driven by a 0.5% drop in the key services sector, which makes up more than 75% of the total economy. With this drop, total growth in 2010 stands at 1.4%, far below analysts' forecasts. The figure, which is a preliminary estimate and subject to revision, will raise serious concerns over the strength of the economy as it enters the age of austerity and its ability to withstand the coalition Government's deficit-busting austerity measures. Economists were expecting growth of between 0.2% and 0.6% in the fourth quarter - but warned that the adverse weather made it difficult to provide accurate forecasts. The dramatic contraction in GDP will seriously damage prospects for the economy over the next year, as Chancellor George Osborne rolls out his £81 billion package of spending cuts - which include hundreds of thousands of public sector job losses. The Chancellor received some relief from data released by the ONS today revealing a lower-than-expected increase in Government borrowing in December - of £16.8 billion - which will ease pressure on the creaking public finances. But a fall in GDP output is likely to shake confidence in the ability of the private sector to pick up the expected slack in the economy and hold off a double-dip recession. But in the face of today's figures, the Chancellor remained defiant. He said: "These are obviously disappointing numbers, but the ONS has made it very clear that the fall in GDP was driven by the terrible weather in December. "We have had the coldest weather since records began in 1910 and this has clearly had a much bigger impact on the economy than anyone expected. "It's notable that sectors of the economy that are less affected by the poor weather, such as manufacturing, continue to perform strongly, helping to rebalance our economy. "There is no question of changing a fiscal plan that has established international credibility on the back of one very cold month. That would plunge Britain back into a financial crisis.
"We will not be blown off course by bad weather." A spokesman for the ONS said that, without the weather, GDP output in the fourth quarter was still likely to have been flat at 0%. He said: "It's likely the bad weather contributed to most or all of that fall but we would be saying GDP was flat without the weather." Alarm bells over the impact of Arctic conditions last month have been ringing throughout January, as retailers, housebuilders and transport firms revealed a slump in activity as the big freeze took hold. Last week, the ONS revealed that retail sales in the UK suffered the worst December on record as the high street battled with freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall. The construction blip - which boosted growth in the second and third quarter of 2010 - ended in the fourth quarter - with construction output plummeting 3.3%. There was some reprieve for manufacturing, as production output rose 0.9% in the quarter.
The weaker-than-expected growth figures reduce the chance of an interest rate hike, which was looking more likely as stubbornly-high inflation continues to soar. Last week, the ONS revealed the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rate of inflation rose to 3.7% in December, pushed higher by rising food and petrol bills. Bank of England Governor Mervyn King is expected to discuss his concerns over inflation in a speech in Newcastle this evening. Business Secretary Vince Cable was due to hold a press conference at his department's headquarters when the figures were released at 9.30am. The session was postponed at the last minute, with officials indicating it could take place this afternoon. Jonathan Loynes, chief European economist at Capital Economics, described the figures as "shockingly bad" and raised serious concerns over whether the economy is strong enough to withstand the coming fiscal tightening. He said: "The ONS estimates that weather effects knocked about 0.5% off GDP in the fourth quarter so, even without the impact, the underlying growth picture is significantly weaker than expected." Mr Loynes expects the economy to rebound in the current quarter, as it did after poor weather in the fourth quarter of 2009, but other adverse forces, not least the impact of the latest VAT hike, could limit the size of the bounce.
London fails to make top 50 'mostlive-able' cities
London has failed to make the top 50 “most live-able” cities, according to worldwide analysis by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Canada’s Vancouver scooped the top spot having met an impressive 98% of the criteria set by the surveyors, including the quality of healthcare, culture, environment and infrastructure.
Vancouver, Canada, left, scooped the top spot out of the 50 ''most live-able'' cities, according to worldwide analysis by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Vienna in Austria, centre, scooped the second and Melbourne, Australia, right, was third.
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NAKURU WIDOW OCCUPYING HER HOUSE IN JULY 2010
Help The Seeds family settle this widowed lady
The construction started on 15th September 2009
The house construction now remains roofing and plastering and this will make a difference to Mrs. Lucy Wanjiru Maina (right) - a mother of six
It all started in a fellowship in London several years ago. A visiting preacher from Nakuru, Kenya was preaching in a Kenyan family house in London where they had lost their parent in Kenya. As the preacher was preaching she narrated the meaning of the word "poverty". "You people, you don't know what poverty is. When I talk about poverty you might not exactly understand but I can narrate what poverty is all about with an example of a widowed lady who was left by the husband with 6 children. The children do not go to school and the family is like nomads. They have been evicted from their rented houses for more than 9 times. They rent house, at the end of the month they cannot afford to pay the rent hence they are evicted. You are evicted until you don't know which estate you belong." the preacher explained. After the fellowship Pastor Jane Njiiri, the wife of Mr. Seed, enquired from the preacher about the woman and her where abouts. She contacted the lady and immediately she started to educate her children. It has been all along the desire of Pastor Njiiri and her family to build a home for this poor widow to make a difference in her life. Whenever Mr. Seed's family are in Kenya they always contact the lady who always join them in their family tour and she has become like a part of their family.
If you would like to help her in any way please contact her through Mrs. Lucy Wanjiru Maina on 0727307672 - FULL STORY
HOUSEHOLD GOODS NEEDED FOR THE THREE BEDROOMS HOUSE
You can donate whatever you like AND the Seeds family will buy whatever will not be donated.
1) 4 BEDS (4 x 6 @ KShs. 7,000 each) - 4 MATTRESS @ KShs. 5,000 each
2) 2 SOFA SETS @ Kshs. 20,000 each
3) Cooker (gas) Cylinder @ KShs. 5,000 – Cooker KShs. 4,000
4) Cooking Sufurias (8)
5) Cups - 1 dozen
6) Plates - 1 dozen
7) Glass (water) - 1 dozen
8) Blankets (10)
(9) Bed sheets (10)
(10) KPLC Power connection from main (KShs. 42,000) we have done all the wiring)
(11) Coffee table (3)
(12) Spoons (table and tea) - 1 dozen of each
(13) Wardrobe (2)
(14) Table and 6 chairs (for children study)
(15) Kettle - one electric and one ordinary one)
(16) Sugar dish, salt holder, knifes,
(17) Radio (1) old or new
(18) Television set (1) Old or new
(19) Stools (6)
(20) Cooking pan (1) Toaster (1) new or used
Whatever someone is touched to donate is highly welcomed. The Bible says in Proverbs 19: 17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
Mr. Seed - London
www.misterseed.com - firstname.lastname@example.org - Tel: 07951220695.
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